Black Lives Matter, a grassroots social justice movement that protests police violence against unarmed Black and Latino people, is sweeping the country and growing every day. From the Millions March to “die-ins,” activists of all ages are raising voices and fists to demand an end to police killings of unarmed Black and Latino people.
On August 9, 2014, police officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. On December 13, 2014, tens of thousands of people gathered for the “Millions March” in New York City and across the country to protest police killings of unarmed black and brown people.
Massive protests erupted in New York City and nationwide, after a grand jury’s decision not to indict (formally accuse) police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man in Staten Island.
In black and Latino communities throughout the United States, many young people feel harassed by and unsafe around the people who are supposed to be there to protect and serve them: the police.
On August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, MO, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, was shot to death by a white police officer, Darren Wilson.